Sustainable – Sculptor David Černý and architect Tomáš Císař of studio Black n’Arch studio have won a competition to design THE TOP TOWER in the outskirts of Prague. Located near the Nové Butovice metro station, the visionary the bold and energy-efficient skyscraper conveys an alarming, yet encouraging message: let’s build a sustainable world in order to avoid environmental disaster.
Black n’Arch has envisioned an Apocalyptic future in which a massive boat crashes onto a skyscraper. Over the years, the red skeleton of the relict merges with the architecture to create a self-sustaining hybrid construction covered in greenery from which urban life can move forward.
“The boat becomes a connecting living element between the square – corso level, roof garden and viewing points at the highest level.” Explains Tomáš Císař from studio Black n´Arch. “It comprises a notional vertical public space. It is publicly accessible both via the viewing elevator and staircase which link individual height levels, terraces which in future are designed to be used as outdoor galleries – lapidaria and gardens.”
The 135 meters high shipwreck-tower will offer a public observation area at the highest point of the building, where visitors can get there by a ski lift. An entire 360º view of Prague will be visible from the lookout point, from the Prague Castle, to the the National Theater, Vyšehrad and Zbraslav. At the same time, the 2m crowns project will not be visible from the vast majority of places in the center of the metropolis and will not disturb the historical city skyline.
“The boat is structurally connected to the building. One cannot stand, nor even exist, without the other. Thus the boat is not a mere addition, but rather a fundamental element both intellectually and technically,” say at Black n’Arch to Archipanic.
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The ‘shipwreck-tower’ will be intended for rental housing. On the lower floors there will be offices and premises for a multifunctional cultural center connected with a publicly accessible roof garden. On the ground floor and second floor there will be commercial merchants and service shops. Underground there will be both private and public parking spaces, 24/7.
The 2m crowns TOP TOWER project has been commissioned by Prague developer Trigema, and is currently undergoing planning permission for a site close to the capital city’s metro station Nové Butovice. Trigema has projected that construction will begin in 2021, with the building set to take less than three years to complete.
All images and the video by Black n’Arch.